Frank Lary
FUNERAL HOME
Magnolia Chapel North
4905 Highway 69 N
Northport, AL
NORTHPORT – Frank Lary, age 87, of Northport, Ala. died December 13, 2017. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North with Bro. Alan Roggli presiding. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North directing. Visitation will be from 12 noon until the service time at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Joseph Milton and Margaret Emma Rench Lary and brothers, Joe, James, Raymond, Ed, Al and Gene Lary.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Mary Kathryn Lary; daughters, Nita Johnson (Michael), Cindy Landers (Mark), and Angie Lancaster (Bruce); sons, Frank Lary, Jr. (Becky) and Gary Lary, Les Evans (Barbara); sisters-in-law, Maurice Lary, Mary Ann Lary and Jean Lary Propst; 16 grandchildren, and 23 great- grandchildren
Frank was a standout pitcher who made his name as the Detroit Tigers' "Yankee Killer" throughout his 12 - year major league career. He attended Tuscaloosa County High School and pitched for the University of Alabama Baseball team, helping the Crimson Tide to the 1950 college world series, pitching two winning games. Frank was an American League all-star in both 1960 and 1961.
Frank served his country in the military during the Korean War. After returning to his baseball career, he was best known for his outstanding performances against the New York Yankees in an era that featured players like Micky Mantle, Yogi Berra and Roger Maris. He was the first pitcher in 50 years to beat the New York Yankees seven straight games in a run of 21 wins and 7 losses. His best season was in 1961, when he was an all-star, winning a Gold glove award as the best fielding pitcher. Frank was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and was voted to the Alabama All Century Team.
From as early age Frank loved music. He played in the Lary Brothers Band and had the opportunity to play at the Grand Ole Opry several times.
Frank retired from the Tuscaloosa County Road and Bridge department in 1990. Over the years, Frank and his wife Mary, went to card shows, Baseball Fantasy Camps and he played in several Old Timers games.
He loved Alabama Football and didn't miss watching the Detroit Tigers baseball games He was an incredible man who lived an extraordinary life, and will be greatly missed.
Pallbearers will be Mark Landers, Jason Landers, Zeb Landers, Luke Landers, Butch Lary, Joe Lary, Eddie Lary, Bruce Lancaster and Ray Glenn.
Honorary pallbearers are Scott Johnson, Barton Lary, Blake Lary, Jeff Lary and Arnie Lary.
Special thanks to caregivers Georgia Scott, Ann Hankins, Judy Dodson, Amedisys Home Health.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Eagles Wings, Inc. @ 12379 Eagles Wings Drive, Coker, Alabama 35452.











Published by Tuscaloosa News from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2017.
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We want to thank all of you for your comments, condolences and prayers during the difficult time of the passing of our father. It means so much to us.
The Children of Frank Lary
Cindy Landers
December 30, 2017
May the God of all comfort be with family and loved ones.
Stacy'
December 28, 2017
To the family of Mr. Lary: Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers; and for sure, our Heavenly Father who will be with you always and will comfort you always. Peace!!! m.g.
December 27, 2017
May the hearer of our prayers grant you peace from above
For he cares for you
J
December 22, 2017
May the God of all comfort be with family and loved ones.
Stacy
December 22, 2017
My sincere condolences to Frank's family. Frank and Al were very kind to me when I was a kid. They took me out hunting and were very patient with me. Also, a number of years later, I was lucky to be able to visit them again when they played bluegrass for us. I appreciated their love of life and their wonderful sense of humor. (My dad William Lary Sr. always thought the world of them too. He admired them both for their athletic abilities as well as their kindness.

John Lary
John Lary
December 21, 2017
So Sorry to read about the loss of your loved one. Death is never easy regardless of ones age and Psalms 90: 10 shows how he lived a long life of special mightiness from God. Keep the many, many memories of your loved one close in your hearts and minds and cherish them forever. May the comfort of God be with you all during this time of grief.
Betty Armour-Fowler
December 21, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things to deal with.
May God's comfort bring relief and may you feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends at this time of sorrow.
G M
December 21, 2017
I remember going to his home on several occasions and awing at the staircase made of baseball bats. Peace and love to his children with whom I grew up.
Patty Sprayberry
December 20, 2017
I started following the Tigers in the late 1950's. I had two heroes, and Frank was one of them. He pitched the first game I saw at Tiger Stadium. I can easily remember every baseball card he was on, even after he left Detroit. It seems each time our heroes pass, a little bit of us go with them. I have many memories of the "Yankee Killer" and am saddened at his passing. I had always hoped to get a chance to meet him. Just letting you know at one time, he meant an awful lot to a little boy. My condolences to his family and friends.
John Paton
December 19, 2017
Great memories of listening to the Yankee Killer on WJR am radio with my father on our dairy farm in rural northern Pennsylvania... after the evening farm chores were done of course.
We were (are) diehard Tiger fans and despised the Yanks. I can still see my Dad's face filled with joy as Mr. Lary and the Tigers won each game against that team, often times in dramatic fashion.
To the Lary family, I have a smile on my face today in remembrance of those cherished times
Roger Rockwell Canton
December 19, 2017
One of my favorite Tigers when I was growing up in Toledo. I wish that he had been on the 1968 team that won in all!
Richard Apling
December 19, 2017
The World of Baseball loss a great player. May God grant Frank Lary family and friends comfort during this time of sorrow. Psalm 34;18,19
M Scott
December 19, 2017
Mr. Lary really mastered the art of defeating the Yankees in the 1950s and early 1960s,he was always at his best when he faced the Yankees!I watched him weave his magic over them quite a few times as a kid .God bless and R.I.P.
Peter Cullen
December 18, 2017
Karan Wider
December 18, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
December 18, 2017
My condolences to the Lary family and friends. May the words in Ecclesiastes 9:5 comfort you to know that he is resting in peace. May God give you the strength to endure.
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December 18, 2017
To the family of Frank Lary:
Very sorry for your loss. It is at a time like this that we can turn to the promises found at Isai5:25 to find comfort, strength and hope. We long to see their fulfillment soon.
J W
December 18, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
B
December 17, 2017
Offering my deepest sympathy to the family. Larry will be missed very much. Keep his memories close at heart.
Michigan
December 17, 2017
Mr Lary had so many fans who loved him and we thank his family for letting him share his talent with us. May the Almighty God of comfort be with the Lary family and friends at this most difficult time. We now await the time when we will be reunited with Frank again in paradise. God love you.
Sally
December 17, 2017
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.
December 17, 2017
I remember Frank Lary pitching for the Tigers when I was growing up in Redford Township, Michigan.
Frank Lary, Jim Bunning Phil Regan and all the great Tigers of that era.
Rest in Peace Mr. Lary
Dale Perry
December 17, 2017
Saw him pitch against Red Sox in the early years. Quite the pitcher.RIP. Great man.
Ron Sayles
December 17, 2017
With heartfelt sympathy. Please accept my deepest condolences. May you continue to cherish his precious memories. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort to offer you comfort and to give you the strength to endure during these difficult times ahead.
December 17, 2017
A great pitcher a great person and a great friend. He taught me so much about pitching when we were with the DETROIT TIGERS,,,YOU WILL BE MISSED....
PHIL REGAN
December 17, 2017
My deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May God strengthen you and give you peace during this difficult time. Psalms 29:11.
December 17, 2017
Sincere condolences. May you turn to the God of tender mercies who is also the hearer of prayer.

J T
Chicago
December 17, 2017
I was born in Detroit in 1947 and left in 1965 so I was able to follow Frank's career with the Tigers. He, along with Al Kaline and Norm Cash were always my favorite players.
Tim Slongo
December 17, 2017
Truly saddened to hear the news about Frank Lary. His fine legacy will surely be remembered. I hope to meet him in Paradise! Luke23:43
December 17, 2017
My deepest condolence to all the Family, may the God of comfort provide you with peace of mind as we await the time when our loved ones asleep in death, see life again under peaceful, perfect conditions.

Darlene
December 17, 2017
Please accept my sincere condolences. May the God of comfort strengthen you during this difficult time.
M M
December 17, 2017
Godspeed Frank, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
December 16, 2017
My sweet friends , I am so sad about your daddy , I have so many fun memories of me being at your house growing up . I just now saw this and please forgive for not being there for you . All my love , Dinah
Dinah Young Tate
Friend
December 16, 2017
My heartfelt condolences and prayers for the Lary family. May Almighty God provide comfort and strength during this most challenging time. Frank was truly an extraordinary talented and compassionate husband and father. He will be truly missed. With Love & Prayers
A Caring Neighbor
December 16, 2017
To Mr. Lary's wife, children, other family members and friends. May you be comforted by God's at 1 Corthians 15: 26.
With deepest sympathies,
December 16, 2017
I remember sneaking into Tiger Stadium when Frank Lary would be pitching. I especially remember 1961 as a ver special year. The neighborhood kids loved our Tigers. Al Kaline and Frank Lary we're our favorites for sure. Have several of there Baseball cards. My sincere condolences for your loss. Dan
December 16, 2017
Having grown up on Mitt Lary Road and being friends with Gary I knew almost all of the Lary family. Have to truly say they looked out for my brother and me while my mother worked. They were like my dad. I love all of them. Rest in peace Mitt Al Ed Gene and Frank.
Michael Hill
December 16, 2017
Offering condolences for your loss. May your cherished memories and God's loving kindness (Psalms 37:11) help to console your hearts always.
Betty-NC
December 16, 2017
I was born in Detroit in 1939 and had such fond memories of Frank. The Detroit fans loved him for his determination, talent and good manners.
I think his career was cut short when he injured his arm in the early 60s pitching during a cold April day.
Tony Papalas
December 16, 2017
We are so sorry for the loss of Frank.
December 16, 2017
First baseball game I attended as a 9 year old in 1956 Frank pitched. I wondered periodically over the years where Frank lived so I could send him a card or token. People do not realize Frank would have had an even more impressive career if not suffering a shoulder injury from pitching Opening Day in Detroit in 1962 in 30 degree weather, pitching about 11 innings , sliding into third with a triple and injuring his arm with injury that persisted. He was very kind to a 10 year old boy in 1957 before a game and I never forgot him. One could tell he was not only THE Yankee Killer but a FINE man.
Louis Vales
December 16, 2017
Our prayers and deepest sympathy.
Bill and Gayle Elliott
December 16, 2017
It's nice to see he played for the White Sox for awhile and his baseball career was a success. May it comfort family and friends to know that Frank will be able to play again when he returns to his youthful vigor - Job 33:25.
L Eng
December 16, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss.May the God who provides comfort,comfort y'all through this most difficult time. And may the words of Revelations21:3;4 give you and yours comfort.Agape
Stephanie Wilson
December 16, 2017
Thinking of the Lary Family at this time. My deepest condolences to you. May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding comfort your heart's and minds at this time.
L
December 16, 2017
sorry for your loss. another great detroit legend has gone to heaven.john connecticut.
December 16, 2017
Condolences to the Lary family and friends.
December 16, 2017
At the end of a life is a legacy of love and memories. Hold tight to those memories and allow the God of comfort to strengthen and comfort your family during this difficult time.
McGhee
December 16, 2017
God's peace to the Lary family in this season of their sorrow. When I was 12 years old, Frank quickly became my favorite Detroit pitcher and I've never forgotten him.
Dawn Roberts
December 16, 2017
Gary, I'm saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. He was one of my sport's heroes growing up. My mom and dad always spoke very highly of him. I still miss the Tastee Freez in Northport. RIP Yankee Killer.
Danny Sutton
December 16, 2017
May the God of comfort be with the family at this time.
December 16, 2017
To the family of Frank Lary: So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one, Frank. His contributions to sports will be forever cherished. May you gain comfort in knowing that others are thinking of you at this time.
JMS
December 16, 2017
Truly saddened to hear the news about Frank Larry. His fine legacy will surely be remembered. I hope to meet him in Paradise! Luke23:43
December 16, 2017
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Lary family. I pray that you have God's peace to comfort you now and in the days ahead. And may your many memories bring you comfort and joy in the midst your grief.
December 15, 2017
Our sincere condolences to the Lary family, friends and colleagues. May you find comfort in the words of the greatest man who ever lived:
Lazarus, come out! 44The man who had been dead came out with his feet and hands bound with wrappings, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them: Free him and let him go.
JS Woodson
December 15, 2017
We'll miss you !
Adrian Barnette
December 15, 2017
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Virginia and Chester Henderson
December 15, 2017
Sincere condolences to the Larry family for your loss. May the God of all comfort sustain each of you during your time of mourning.
December 15, 2017
I personally will never let go of what I was taught,or what has been instilled in me, by my uncle frank.. along with all of my uncles, and my father gene.
Family is everything, they build you, mold you and teach you what is true and what is most important.
never quit!Earn respect,remember where you came from and always show class.... leave your legacy!

JEFF LARY
Jeff Lary
December 15, 2017
You will be missed at my beauty shop You were the biggest star and celebrity that I ever had the pleasure to Groom Sir. One of a kind gentleman !
susan sudduth
December 15, 2017
My dad and him were friends during high school and college. I got to know a little in the nineties, I printed him some baseball cards. I'm thankful to have known him. I think he was known during his pro career as the "Yankee Killer".
Ted Roberts
December 15, 2017
It was an honor to meet one of Alabama's finest and deliver mail to this very sweet man. I learned a lot about his accomplishments over the past 11 years. I will miss seeing his smile.
Sandra Hunter
December 15, 2017
May God comfort you all with the precious memories and surround you with his love through this time and always. Renea Henson
Renea Henson
December 15, 2017
Frank was known by baseball fans as "The Yankee Killer" and was a great pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. To me though he was always a kind, wonderful uncle that I always enjoyed talking to. He had a great sense of humor like all of the Lary boys. I will really miss him. My condolences to Mary and to Frank's sons, daughters, and grandchildren. If they have a baseball All-Star team in Heaven, Frank will be on it.
Joe Lary
December 14, 2017
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you, and may our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and "make you firm". 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17
AB
December 14, 2017
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